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Berry Street - Foster Care, Child Protection, Youth, Family Violence and Community Services
Welcome to Berry Street
|Berry Street is a not-for-profit, non-government and non-church based organisation that has been supporting Victorian children and families since 1877. |
We work with children, young people and families with the most challenging and complex needs. These children and young people have often suffered great distress and significant harm growing up in families where violence, neglect, abuse, trauma and poverty have prevented them from having a good childhood.
Our greatest challenges today are:
|Our Service Charter outlines the Berry Street service committment |
to you, our clients. We welcome suggestions and feedback and take seriously any complaints.
|Education, Training & Employment|
|Foster & Kinship Care|
I Care 2 - Support Resources
'I care 2' is a training and support package for sons and daughters of foster carers. These children and young people are integrally involved in the fostering experience.
The program is designed to provide fun and interactive learning experiences and a safe space to explore their caring experience.
In building the capacity and resilience of these young people, we in turn build capacity of the broader caring system.
Become a Foster Carer - Open Your Heart And Home To A Child
Foster care is vital for young people who cannot live safely at home. However, Melbourne, Victoria is facing a foster care crisis. There are more foster carers leaving the care system than there are people applying to become foster carers and the need for carers is increasing.
We urgently need families like yours to provide emergency, respite, short and long term care for children and young people.
The Berry Street Childhood Institute presents a creative competition for young Australians
Competition opens 3 March and runs until 26 May 2014 Imaginate is a creative competition for young Australians aged 13 – 25.
Get involved. Express yourself and enter your artwork across 4 creative categories: Visual, Performance, Digital and Written.
For more information or to register check out www.imaginate.org.au or email us at
firstname.lastname@example.org visit our website
News & Events
|YHMD - Accommodation shortage leaves young people out on the streets|
|Conservative estimates show about 500 young Victorians leave State care every year, and are often left to fend for themselves. |
Research done by Monash University’s Dr Philip Mendes found that 50% of these young people will end up homeless in the first year, and 50% will have contact with the justice system...read more
|Celebrating National Youth Week with Berry Street School & SYN Radio!|
|A number of students from Berry Street School will get the chance to tell their stories on SYN radio during National Youth Week (NYW), running from 4-13 April....read more|
|Berry Street Welcomes Five Year Out of Home Care Plan|
|No child is removed from their parents’ care without compelling evidence of the significant harm they have suffered. This places a heavy responsibility on all of us to ensure they receive the help they need to recover and go on to lead productive adult lives...read more|
|Imaginate to discover what makes a good childhood|
|The Berry Street Childhood Institute has launched the Imaginate national multimedia competition for young people aged 13-25. Imaginate invites young people to answer the competition question “What should a good childhood look like?”...read more|
|Time to start thinking about solutions to child abuse|
|Keeping children safe and nurtured involves learning the lessons of the past, but it also means confronting the complexities and challenges of today. Spiralling numbers of family violence incidents and child protection cases involving serious problems such as alcohol and drug addiction and mental ill health are examples of risks to children’s wellbeing...read more|
|Berry Street joins others to ask for help for families to meet school costs|
|Berry Street joined a "coalition of [other] charities and service providers ... to demand the State Government retain cash help for battler families to meet spiralling school costs... read more|
|Australia Day recognition for years of service to Forgotten Australians|
|Caroline Carroll, herself a Forgotten Australian, was recognised for more than 10 years of advocacy on behalf of, and service to, this group when she received an Order of Australia medal on Australia Day, 26 January... read more|